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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Our visit to Naisisili village was a perfect way to get to know Fijian village life. Our bure was a few steps from the beach. The sounds of the sea made the visit very relaxing. We had a water toilet, a tap with small sink and cold water shower in our bure.

Different families offered all our meals. Typically it included fish, cassava, jams, a fruit and even a crab. Every meal was good or very good. Of course, you shouldnt expect anything special. This is simple village food which is made by ingredinents they have. Fish is fresh and excellent.

La was excellent hostess. Thank you for opening your village for us. Vinaka!

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank 32Morten
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at Malakati Village at the start of April and although we were caught in a storm it was an unforgettable 4 days.

We took the Yasawa Flyer (and paid F$10 each more to sit in the captain’s lounge which was well worth it - drinks and snacks are included) to Blue Lagoon, and were met by the village boat that transported us around the coves to the village. The boat trip alone was worth every penny.

On arrival we were introduced to the chief and handed him the customary cava root and F$10 each and were treated to our first lunch. All the meals were at a different home and they were all amazing. We even had lobster at one meal; an amazing surprise.

While we were there a storm hit Fiji which meant that we had a bit of rain, but the village couldn’t have been more caring and helpful and it was clear that they were very careful to make sure that we stayed safe.

The beach at malakati is perhaps the most beautiful that we have seen! and we were welcomed to a church service, beach rugby and a radio session where we followed Fiji winning the Hong Kong 7s with the villagers. All great!

We drank the water in the village (rain water) and it was perfectly fine, but we brought a few beers with us for the evening.

We can recommend the return trip by sea plane - Turtle Airways - if you fancy it.

We will certainly try and come again!

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Daniel C
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited 7-13 October 2017 and had the holiday of a lifetime. Booking this we had deliberately chosen a village homestay as we wished, as far as is feasible, to taste Fijian village life. Obviously, it is just that a taste, but what a taste! We are not young, my husband being a pensioner and myself semi-retired and we were treated with every possible kindness.

Our seafront bure was within metres of the sea, simply furnished but very clean and a separate building held a dual flush toilet, a cold water shower (you don’t need hot water as it is very hot in the Yasawas!) and a tap. We had been pre-advised not to drink the water and travelled with water purification tablets, but, bottled water was available for sale.

Each meal was taken with a different family and each village lady seemed to be cooking her best dishes. Breakfast often involved homemade baking, and/or some cereals, and some fruit and tea. Lunches and dinners were generally a mixture of fish, crab, cassava, breadfruit, noodles, rice, etc.

Most families have a plantation inland where they grow much of their food. My husband, a keen gardener, planted some cassava and bananas!

Many of the optional a activities have a cost involved but there is a list inside the bure listing these clearly. We went to church, visited the school, experienced a meke with 3 other guests, and, the ladies craft market buying some handicrafts for family gifts.

The only negative was bad stomachs after our farewell meal of walu fish, and, we cannot be sure if it is something we are unused to eating or there was something actually wrong with the fish. That said, I would, given the opportunity, return to Navotua Homestay for a return visit.

Date of stay: October 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Penny K
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Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

we were allocated to Malakati village and we cannot be happier how it all went. Malakati and its people are wonderful - only around 100 villagers and the two of us on one of the most stunning beaches we've ever seen. having each meal with a different family was fantastic and i really liked the food overall. we'll never forget this place.

Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank mamimtiLOL
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dakuapesi, Public Relations Manager at Yasawa Homestays, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

It was so wonderful to read your view, Leona. We hope so see you back one day.

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Navotua Village for a full week and had an enjoyable stay that we will treasure for a lifetime. The people in the village are very friendly and the homestay guests are taken care of by Mela and Thyma who are there for you whenever you need anything. As long as you don't expect amazing food (lots of carbs!) and quality sleep (no A/C), you will learn to appreciate Navotua Village for what it is. We loved playing volleyball, playing with the sweet kids and getting to know the people of the village! We will definitely return one day!

By the way, snorkelling is great around honeymoon island!

Date of stay: March 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Nicole and Adam G
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